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[ 0 ] May. 23, 2013

Luxury Countertop Sales Surging

Luxury countertop sales are surging, according to kitchen remodeling franchise Kitchen Solvers, which says that sales of solid surface countertops — primarily granite and quartz — were up 215% in 2012 compared to just two years ago. Kitchen Solvers, which has 48 franchises in the United States and Canada, serves more than 1,000 homeowners each […]

[ 0 ] May. 23, 2013

IRS Prepares To Increase Scope Under Affordable Care Act

The Internal Revenue Service is preparing to expand its powers under the Affordable Care Act, as the agency is charged with dispensing health insurance subsidies, enforcing the individual mandate to purchase health insurance and administering penalties to businesses that do not offer coverage to employees. To facilitate the agency’s new responsibilities, the IRS and the […]

[ 0 ] May. 23, 2013

Why Employees Need To Practice

As in sports, success in business is easier to achieve if you put in the necessary practice time, says Bryan Burkhart, founder of H.Bloom. Burkhart explains the nature of two training programs that his company uses to help people learn key concepts. The first, called SEED Program, prepares aspiring business owners to operate their own […]

[ 0 ] May. 22, 2013

Radio Shack To Set Up Shop On College Campuses

Consumer electronics retailer RadioShack has signed a five-year deal with a subsidiary of the National Association of College Stores to set up branded sections in college bookstores selling a selection of popular items including headphones, batteries and flash drives. In addition to boosting sales, the goal of the non-traditional expansion plan is to raise greater […]

[ 0 ] May. 22, 2013

Are You Getting The Most From Your Employee Handbook?

Beyond establishing rules, employee handbooks can communicate company history, strategic objectives and can serve as a leadership tool for management, Erin Dillon says. Handbooks can also serve to familiarize managers with state and local labor laws. She recommends having an employment lawyer review the handbook to make sure it complies with applicable laws and doesn’t […]

[ 0 ] May. 22, 2013

Indonesia Restricts Franchise Expansion With New Rules

Indonesia has implemented new rules that require large franchise chains to take on additional Indonesian partners and purchase 80% of their supplies from local vendors. The new rules, which could affect expansion plans for franchisors such as KFC, Starbucks and 7-Eleven, were enacted in response to an influx of chain stores and are meant to […]

[ 0 ] May. 21, 2013

Free Tips On Protecting Your Small Biz From Disaster

A global climate expert from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will share the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast during a free webinar Tuesday, May 28 hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery. After the weather discussion, disaster preparedness tips will be presented by Agility. Dr. Gerry Bell has been the lead scientist of NOAA’s Long-Range […]

[ 0 ] May. 21, 2013

24/7 Schedule for U.S. Workforce

The conventional, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., five-day work week is a thing of the past for the overwhelming majority of workers at small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs), according to a new survey on work-related email habits. Due to the widespread availability and use of smartphones and tablets, email is more accessible than ever and, […]

[ 0 ] May. 21, 2013

Small Business Conference Debuts In Philadelphia

Small business owners and entrepreneurs will gather in Philadelphia for the inaugural America Talks Business conference on July 25, 2013. The event is produced by marketing expert David Newman, author of the book “Do It Marketing: 77 Instant Action Ideas to Boost Sales, Maximize Profits and Crush Your Competition.” “The conference is a gathering of […]

[ 0 ] May. 21, 2013

Yelp Runs Online Summer Road-Trip Guide for Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels and Yelp are teaming up on a “Official Hotel of Summer” campaign with an online road-trip guide and sweepstakes, among other elements. Yelp has “reviews for every type of summer fun place we’d want to highlight and with thousands of hotel locations across the country, we needed someone that could provide content in […]

[ 0 ] May. 21, 2013

Global Hotel Chains Seize Growth Opportunities in Africa

Economic growth and a rising tourism demand have placed Africa’s hotel market in the spotlight for some of the world’s largest international lodging firms. Hoteliers are largely focusing on business-oriented hotels to capture the burgeoning business travel market in urban cities, coupled with a significant undersupply of rooms

[ 0 ] May. 20, 2013

What To Do About Whiney Employees

If your employees just won’t stop whining, you should take them to lunch and explain the impact they are having on your business, Biz Wiz Kevin Daum says. Try to help them resolve their problems if they have legitimate complaints, but consider removing them from your business if they continue to complain about every little […]

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